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Beatus Achacius oravit

published in 1555; 5vv ATTBarB
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for the Feast of Sainth Achacius, 22 June

What a strange one this is. Did Guerrero know how many saints were called Achacius? Perhaps. In his first printed collection, in 1555, he took care to label his motet in festo S.Achacii, 22 Iunii. The saint was said to have been martyred along with 10,000 companions at Mount Ararat, no less. In Guerrero’s time the Feast was in the Seville liturgical books. It disappeared in the 1570s, excised by Roman reforms. It remained in the Martyrologium of 1949, and was abolished as myth in 1969. Guerrero’s motet is a fine example of his flowing style, unhurried and mellifluous. It owes much to the influence of Morales, but somehow gentler. This was a piece that did not get reprinted in Guerrero’s later books, due to the fading of Achacius from festal status.

from notes by Bruno Turner © 2020


Guerrero: Magnificat, Lamentations & Canciones
CDA68347 Available Friday 5 March 2021
Journeys to the New World
Studio Master: SIGCD626Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 14 on SIGCD626 [7'31] Download only
Part 1: Beatus Achacius oravit
Track 15 on CDA68347 [4'10] Available Friday 5 March 2021
Part 2: Concedesque eis
Track 16 on CDA68347 [3'01] Available Friday 5 March 2021

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